Students do not apply for these awards but are selected by the Biology Department Scholarship and Graduate Steering Committees.
Louella E. Cable, a native of Chamberlain, South Dakota, earned her B.A. in zoology at USD in 1926. She then worked under the supervision of Edward Churchill and earned the first M.A. degree awarded by the zoology department at USD in 1927. She worked as a staff scientist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service until her retirement at age 70. During that period, she also earned a Ph.D. in marine biology at the University of Michigan.
Cable was greatly respected for her research and the scientific illustrations she drew of her fish specimens. Upon her death, she endowed a fund to provide scholarships for students majoring in biology, with preference given to students who are interested in the field of zoology. Funds are typically used to support graduate student research assistantships, travel to professional conferences and research.
Professor Edward P. Churchill came to the University of South Dakota in 1920 and spent over 40 years at USD in the departments of biology and zoology, including 22 years as department chair. Churchill was a beloved mentor to many biology students and published his memoirs, Three Thousand Coyotes and I, in 1962. An endowed fund was established by students and admirers of Churchill, and the proceeds of this fund are used to reward undergraduate biology majors for their academic and research excellence.
Professor Raymond D. Dillon was a professor in the biology department from 1965-1990 and served as chair from 1965 through 1969. This scholarship was established by Bernice Dillon in honor of her husband Raymond. Awards from this scholarship are used to support biology graduate student travel to professional conferences.
Elbert Harrington was a professor of speech and dean (1945-70) of the College of Arts & Sciences. This award is made to an outstanding senior biology major each spring and is intended to help students pay for textbooks. The award is given in April of each year.
This scholarship was established by Allen and Maxine Johnson in honor of their son Matthew. Professor Johnson spent more than 30 years in the biology department (1964-1998) and served as chair from 1992 to 1997. Funds from this scholarship are used to support graduate students in biology, with preference given to support Ph.D. students traveling to professional conferences.
This scholarship was established in 1995 upon the death of Joseph Nelson, who earned his master's degree in chemistry from USD in 1933. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in chemistry from Iowa State University and spent his career with Exxon.
The endowment is set up to benefit students pursuing degrees in the physical and medical sciences at USD and is administered by the USD Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. The Nelson Scholarship, a $3,000 award made to a junior or senior biology major that have excelled in both academics and research, is the most prestigious undergraduate award made by the biology department. Awards are announced each spring for the following year.
Professor Webster Sill was a professor in biology at USD (1969-1987) and served as chair from 1969-1978. This account was established by Charlyn Sill to honor her husband. Funds from this scholarship are used to support biology graduate student travel to professional meetings.
This award was made possible by donations from Harold Smith, who was a professor in the biology department for almost 30 years (1964-1993). Professor Smith taught in the introductory biology sequence for most of his career and greatly appreciated the help of his many teaching assistants over the years. Funds from this award are used to support graduate students in biology, particularly those who have taught in the non-majors biology course.
This award was established by Hazel Wier Teot, who earned her M.A. in zoology at USD under the direction of Edward Churchill in 1945. Funds from this award are used to support graduate students in biology, with preference given to students in zoology.
This scholarship is for an upper-division biology major, preferably female, who has an excellent scholastic record and a demonstrated interest in microbiology. The award is usually made in April of each year.
Graduate student travel funds are awarded annually in the spring after a call for applications is made. Other support regularly available includes undergraduate research assistantships and research supply money.
For freshman scholarships, see Financial Aid.